Joining a Girl Scout troop gives girls the opportunity to work with a group of peers in their grade level, in partnership with two or more adult volunteer troop leaders. All leaders have had background checks previous to their appointment. They also go through extensive training, including first aid and CPR, to learn how to be the best troop leader possible. Troops usually meet weekly or every other week over nine to twelve months. Many girls develop bonds that last a lifetime, and some troops remain together for many years.

In a troop, girls work together to set goals, plan and carry out activities, and celebrate their accomplishments. Troop activities can include completing service projects, earning Girl Scout awards, learning skills, getting outdoors, traveling and more.

With the guidance and mentoring of caring adults, girls develop their full potential, including teamwork and leadership skills to last a lifetime. Girls will:

  • Relate to others with increasing understanding, skill and respect
  • Develop values to guide their actions and provide the foundation for sound decision-making
  • Contribute to the improvement of society through their abilities, leadership skills, and cooperation with others

Do I have to be in a troop?

No. Through Pathways, you can participate in travel, series, virtual, camp, troop or events. You pick how much or how little you want to participate. Through these opportunities, girls can still be introduced to the Leadership program!

If I do join a troop, when, where and how long are the meetings?
Each leader sets the troop meeting dates and times, as well as the location. Most troops meet once a week, for about one hour. They are usually held at a school or a local church.

What Is Expected Of Parents/Guardians?
To help your daughter get the most out of Girl Scouts, please get involved. Help build girls of Courage, Confidence, and Character by being a mentor, troop leader, troop helper, event coordinator, join a committee or just volunteer for a one-time thing!

Find out more about Volunteering!

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